Recommended Annual Feline Wellness - Kitten Protocol

8 weeks

Kitten sitting in feathers

  • FELV/FIV Test
  • Fecal Sample
  • FVRCP #1
  • Deworming

12 weeks

Kitten held by veterinarian

  • FVRCP #2
  • Rabies 1yr
  • Leukemia #1 (outdoor cats)
  • Deworming

16 weeks

Kitten

  • FVRCP #3
  • Leukemia # 2 (outdoor cats)

Recommended Annual Feline Wellness - Adult Cat Protocol

Adult Cats

  • Rabies 1yr (if not previously vaccinated) 
  • OR
  • Rabies 3yr (if previously vaccinated)
  • FVRCP
  • Leukemia
  • Fecal Sample
  • Deworming (outdoor cats)
  • Flea and Tick Prevention (outdoor cats, Advantage, Seresto Collar)

*We recommend testing all newly acquired cats and kittens for Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus*

**For cats over 7 years we recommend Senior Wellness Blood Work **

Vaccination Glossary

FVRCP: is an acronym for the standard cat vaccine, also called "feline distemper vaccine," given to cats and kittens throughout their lives as part of a preventative health program and considered, along with the Rabies vaccine, as a CORE (must have) vaccine.

FVR     Feline rhinotracheitis virus (feline herpes virus 1)

C          Calicivirus

P          Panleukopenia

Feline Rhinotracheitis Virus: is a viral infectious upper respiratory disease caused by feline herpes virus type 1. This virus is an extremely common cause of respiratory disease and results in chronic, often lifelong, infection with intermittent recurrence causing respiratory and sometimes eye disease. It is spread easily through airborne respiratory secretions and direct contact with a carrier cat or contaminated objects. Unvaccinated cats are most susceptible as well as the very young and the very old.

  Calicivirus: is a common viral infectious respiratory disease that can cause mouth sores resulting in severe oral pain. Transmission is by direct contact with an infected cat or by contact with contaminated objects. The virus is very resistant to disinfectants and persists  in the environment. Unvaccinated and inadequately vaccinated cats of all ages are at risk.

Panleukopenia:  is a severe, highly infectious and sometimes fatal disease of the gastrointestinal tract, the immune system and the nervous system.  The disease is named for the characteristic severe decrease in white blood cells, they body's defense against disease.  The virus is very persistent in the environment.  This virus spreads by direct contact with infected cats or by contact with viral particles in the environment.  Unvaccinated and inadequately  vaccinated cats of all ages are at risk.

Leukemina (FELV): is a contagious virus that is generally transmitted when a cat comes into contact with saliva from an infected cat (via social behaviors, such as grooming, and sharing food or water bowls; in-utero, mother-to-kitten transmission can occur). Once a cat contracts the virus, it cannot be cured. Though it is not a core vaccine, it is recommended for cats at risk (outdoor cats).

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV): is a slow virus that affects a cat's immune system over a period of years. FIV is a cat-only disease that is not spread casually. It can be spread through blood transfusions, in-utero, mother to kitten, or penetrating bite wounds.

Fecals: Enable us to determine if your pet has intestinal parasites such as roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, coccidia and giardia. Since intestinal parasites live in your pet's gastrointestinal tract, they are usually hidden from view. Unlike external parasites like fleas and ticks, most intestinal parasites are never seen. They only way to detect the presence of intestinal parasites and identify them is by doing a fecal.

Senior Blood work consists of

  • A complete blood count (cbc) tells you if your pet has an infection, if inflammation is present or if your pet is anemic.
  • A complete chemistry panel, including electrolytes, provides information about your pet's liver, kidneys and pancreas; as well as other functions of the body, such as blood sugar and hydration.
  • A urinalysis identifies an infection or inflammation in the urinary tract.
  • A thyroid function test detects whether or not your pet's thyroid gland is functioning properly. Thyroid Disease is very common in older cats.

Feline Advantage: is a monthly topical that controls all flea life stages. Cats highest at risk (outdoor cats) should begin prevention when they are 8 weeks of age and weigh more than 2 pounds.